April 24, 2019 By Carol Britton Meyer
Brightly-colored signs in support of various candidates dot many Hingham yards, reflecting the three races as well as unopposed candidates in the April 27 town election.
Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., so there will be plenty of time during our busy day to vote for the candidates of our choice! You can also vote by absentee ballot. (See details below.)
Town Clerk Eileen McCracken is predicting about a 20 percent turnout. "There's no Selectman's race, so the polls might not be as busy as they are when there is a race for that board. There are a lot of signs out there for the different candidates, though," she said, which could attract a larger-than-expected number of voters. "I attended the League of Women Voters' Candidates' Night and all of them sounded qualified for the positions for which they are running."
If you expect to be out-of-town that day, be sure to pick up an absentee ballot in the Town Clerk's Office now through noon on Friday, April 26. Absentee ballots can be filled out there. For more details, call the Town Clerk's Office, (781) 741-1410.
McCracken also noted that the proposed acquisition of the Aquarion water system will not be on the ballot, in response to a number of inquiries she has had about that question. (The vote on the acquisition will take place at the April 22 Town Meeting.)
Here's a town election snapshot:
What: Town Election
When: Saturday, April 27
Poll hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Number of races: three
* Town Moderator (one-year term) -- Incumbent Michael J. Puzo and Megan M. Buhr.
* School Committee (three-year term) -- Four candidates for three seats: Incumbents Carlos A. F. DaSilva and Elizabeth "Liza" Reed O'Reilly and Joshua Ross and Nancy "Nes" Correnti.
* Housing Authority (five-year term) -- Incumbent Robert D. Keyes and Janine A. Suchecki.
Several candidates are running unopposed: For Selectman, Joseph Fisher, who now sits on the Zoning Board of Appeals; Kevin Ellis, Planning Board; Ryan Lynch for Recreation Commission; plus incumbents Roger Freeman, Municipal Light Board; Christine Roberts, Board of Assessors; and Kirk Shilts, Board of Health and also Sewer Commission.
Number of registered voters: 17,569
Projected turnout: About 20 percent.
- Precincts 1-4 -Hingham High School, 17 Union St. Enter through the door near the gym.
- Precincts 5-6 - Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main St.
- Precinct 5A - Willard Square at Linden Ponds
More info about the candidates: Check out the Hingham Anchor Meet the Candidates article athttps://hinghamanchor.com/meet-the-candidates/